Now that 2022 is just getting started, there is no better time than now to start fresh with some New Year’s resolutions. Whether you are looking to spend more time outside, read more often, or learn a new skill, you are taking a step to change yourself for the better! As for your oral health, there are always ways that you can improve. Continue reading for some New Year’s resolution ideas for you to implement to better your smile.
Visit Your Dentist
Regular cleanings and checkups are essential to maintain a healthy smile, but approximately one third of Americans don’t see their dentist as often as they should. Starting this January, give your dentist a call to schedule your next visit. Before you leave the practice, be sure to book your upcoming appointment. This way, you will be back on track!
Give Up Smoking
Using tobacco products doubles your risk for developing gum disease. It’s also linked to many other serious health issues, including oral cancer. Since the habit can be so difficult to quit, so it’s important that you find healthier replacement activities for when the cravings kick in. Talk to your friends, family, and doctor about the best ways that you can give up this habit for good!
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
An occasional sugary treat doesn’t usually do too much damage to your smile, but if you are constantly consuming them throughout the day, this can increase your risk of tooth decay and other issues all throughout your body. The best way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sweet treats you are putting into your shopping cart. Try to find something else that satisfies your sweet tooth. For example, switch out soda for sparkling water, or chew sugar-free gum instead of eating candy.
Brushing is effective at removing plaque and food debris from your teeth, gums, and surrounding areas, but there are some places that your toothbrush’s bristles can’t quite reach. That’s why flossing is so necessary to remove bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. If you aren’t already in the habit of flossing every day, the new year is a great time to get started. Place your container of floss right next to your toothpaste. This way, you will see it every time you brush your teeth.
Don’t leave your smile behind in 2022! By using the steps listed above, you can work towards excellent oral health in the new year.
About the Author
Dr. Peter F. Johnson is an experienced prosthodontist who earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and completed an Internship at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. He later earned his Prosthodontic Certificate from the School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. During his career in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, Dr. Johnson attained the rank of Captain. Currently, he is a proud member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society, Academy of Osseointegration, Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics, and American Board of Prosthodontics. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in La Mesa, visit his website or call (619) 463-3737.